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Workin' Out

Workin' Out

Playing tracks by

Ernie Fields, Big Daddy And His Boys, The Chiefs, The Chestnuts, Rockin Robin Roberts and more.

This mix attempts to capture the sound that I’m chasing right now – a sound which centres on the US West Coast in the late 50’s, early 60’s. There were a lot of hot jazz players from New Orleans doing session work for LA labels around that time. They cut sleazy and steamy Rhythm’n’Blues and Rock’n’Roll tunes to die for. Of course, many of the tunes on this mix don’t fit neatly into that box, I’m far from a purist, but they fit the vibe. There’s a drummer, Earl Palmer – drummed on some of Little Richard’s early hits – who I’ve been discovering recently. I've just finished an excellent book about him, fascinating guy. He was also a music arranger and if he didn’t invent the Rock’n’Roll beat, he certainly popularised it. As I find out more about Earl Palmer, and which tracks he played on, I’m astounded by just how many of the mainstay 45s in my DJ box he played a part in recording.


Shalom Septimus

Great mix here, a few familiar ones and mostly stuff I've never heard before.

Just one question. What record is that between "Susie Q" and "Chills And Fever"? You didn't ID it in the playlist, and because it's an instrumental, it's kind of hard to search for it.

DJ Diddy Wah

Hey Shalom, glad you enjoyed it and thanks for pointing out my oversight. Don't know how it happened, but that track is The Dribble by The Mar-Keys. I used to play it out loads, but haven't recently, so it took me a few listens to figure it out. Here's a post I did on it several years back:

DJ Snafu (DJ sets)

And I'll be gosh-darned if this isnt the best version of Chill&Fever

DJ Diddy Wah

Yep, it's a banger. Those drums!

DJ Snafu (DJ sets)

Great mix compadre!!!!!

Seth Fried

Sexy with a touch of LA 50's neon.

Double Agent 7

crackin mix - love leave my kitten alone & a corker version of chills & fever...

Sir Scott Mack

Teen Flip! I gotta get a copy of that.

Hell's Belles

Nice. I've been getting into a lot of this stuff lately.

TB Turpentine

Nice and interesting theme but most of all: great music!

The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew

Great mix! Glad to see you back in the fold. I can see myself chasing these sounds too when I get back to digging in the field. I got a good start with that hidden Mar Keys track which has been a staple in my crates for years. Keep up the good work :)

Peace and blessings.

Buzzsaw Joint

Hi Mate
Im still chasing a copy of Crawfish. Great mix. catch up with ya soon.